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270,000 cancers down to smoking

In eight European and Scandinavian countries, 270,000 people are diagnosed every year with cancers caused by smoking, a European study has revealed.

Study leader Antonio Agudo and his colleagues, as part of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC), gathered information on more than 440,000 residents.

The researchers, whose findings appeared in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, began tracking the participants between 1992 and 2000. None had been diagnosed with cancer.

Over an average of 11 years, 14,563 people who were exposed to tobacco smoke developed a type of cancer considered to be fully or partly caused by tobacco exposure.



Man charged with girl's rape

An 18-year-old man was charged with the rape of an 11-year-old girl who was on her way home from school.

Opemipo Jaji was also charged with attempted rape following the attack on the schoolgirl in Edmonton, north London, on Friday.

He will appear at Enfield Magistrates' Court today.

Jaji was arrested in Edmonton and police were given more time to quiz him.

Another man, aged 26, held in connection with the attack has been released on bail until late December.



Berlin protest at Iran embassy

A group of assailants pelted the Iranian Embassy in Berlin with stones and paint and pulled down an Iranian flag -- prompting Germany's foreign minister to express regret to his counterpart in Tehran.

Berlin police said about 30 were involved in the incident.

Authorities detained 10. There was no immediate information on their motives.


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